there were things I wasn't supposed to say

“In eighth grade at Schechter, I read Sandy Tolan’s The Lemon Tree for an independent book project in my English class and learned about the nakba for the first time and the fact that Palestinians were driven from their homes to refugee camps during 1948. When I wrote about this in my book report, my teacher’s comments in the margins questioned whether to what extent that was true. Reading the book had been incredibly eye opening, and as a fourteen year old, it was confusing and saddening to see the cracks emerging in the beautiful and inspiring Israel narrative I'd always been told and taught. Then, to have a teacher who I loved and respected essentially reject the truths I had just uncovered only further confused me and made me feel like there were things I wasn't supposed to say or viewpoints I wasn't allowed to share. ” -Rebecca, Schechter Day School